India’s fight against COVID 19: Nation observes Janata curfew

India’s fight against COVID 19: Nation observes Janata curfew

SHILLONG/TURA | MARCH 22, 2020:

On Sunday, the busy city of Meghalaya and all over the country wore a deserted look so to counter the threat from the highly contagious novel Coronavirus, which caused a disruption in economy, killing thousands across the globe.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for the 14-hour janata curfew from 7 am to 9 pm to break the chain of coronavirus infections, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) says spread through person-to-person contact and respiratory droplets.

The PM said, "Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come," PM Modi tweeted moments before the "Janata curfew" came into effect.

The PM asked citizens to stand at their doors, windows and balconies at 5 pm and clap, clang utensils or ring bells in a show of support to those providing essential services including medical departments, security officials and media.

The scenario suddenly change when at around 5:00 PM people came out of their house and started ringing bells, clapping and clanging utensils to thank all the those providing essential services.

"Lets unite in our fight against coronavirus"

"Prevention is better than cure; stay safe, stay healthy!"

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